What is the Native Vegetation Mapping Project?
This exciting new project will:
- Create a new, fine scale vegetation map across all land in the Shire;
- More accurately identify endangered ecological communities;
- Create an integrated native vegetation resource; and
- Establish how the map will be maintained and improved into the future.
Why is This Project Important?
Native vegetation provides us with many values including:
- Habitat for native plants and animals, many of which are endangered;
- Supporting farmers by providing shelter for stock and protecting soil;
- Providing sustainable timber resources; and
- Clean air and water.
But not all native vegetation is the same. There are many different types across the landscape made up of many different native species all growing in response to different soil types, varying rainfall and positions in the landscape. Some vegetation types are common, other are rare and endangered.
Understanding what types of vegetation we have, mapping where it is located and calculating how much is remaining is essential for activities such as land use planning, environmental management, impact assessment and bushfire planning and hazard reduction.
The last detailed vegetation map of the Wingecarribee Shire was produced in 2003 as part of Councils Biodiversity Strategy
(internal link). It now requires a major update to improve its accuracy.
The new native vegetation map will be freely available to the public and will create an integrated native vegetation information resource - the first of its kind in NSW. The map is also needed to enable the creation of the Wingecarribee Green Web (internal link) strategy.
The Native Vegetation Mapping Project commenced in July 2015. Due to the complexity of the data collected, the completion date for the project has been extended to April 2017.
More Information & Contact
Ian Perkins, Natural Resource Projects Coordinator
Telephone: (02) 4868-0750